If the 435 kit comes with an Arri RCU with a short cable, you can
set the 'PS/CCU' switch on the camera to CCU (down) and set the
limits of the shutter on the RCU so fully anti-clock on the control
knob is 45 deg. & fully clock is 180 deg. Changing shutter angles
or camera speed is a breeze. I use the RCU if I know the DP will
want to shoot a version of the same action at a different camera
speed. I set the speed limits on the control knob to the speeds
Look up the manual for the RCU on the CML or Arri site. The RCU
is an extremely handy device. Great for cranes & tracking vehicles
where the assistant can't be next to the camera.
I can't comment on the Arricam. I have only done some camera tests
- registration & lens tests for a colleague who was between
projects. In the short time I had with the Arricam, all I could
remember was how similar it was to a Moviecam.
In reference to the RCU issue:
>you'd think that Arri would
have taken that to heart when they brought >out the Arricam.
Indeed, and I would have thought that the WRC -1wireless remote
would have been brought over to the Arricam. Strange to waste the
technology already there, there must be reasons for it, I suppose.
While we're at it, so many SR3's seem to have a loose top handle-and
even after locktite, I see many that end up loose. It seems inherent
w/ the way the mag hits it when changing mags no matter what you
do or how carefully it's done. Perhaps it's been remedied w/ the
The collapsible cores -I still think they should be eliminated.
> "Too bad one doesnâ€™t
have a "program Shutter" (like program >speed)"
Isn't there a "program" button on the 435? You could "program"
this button for a 180 degree shutter at a specific frame rate. Say
This way if it does get pushed by accident you'll be at 180 degrees
and 24 fps. I believe you need a computer and a cable to set up
this program button. The rental house should have this. The other
way of doing this is to just move the shutter, set at 45 degrees,
out of the way and then check the gate. On the 435 just move the
shutter. On the 535 you need to move the whole movement.
Either way a 45 degree shutter should be enough of an opening to
check the gate.
First Assistant Camera
Detroit, MI USA
>While we're at it, so many
SR3's seem to have a loose top handle-and >even after locktite,
I see many that end up loose.
Interestingly, I have failed to see why Arri have put the 'swing-away'
handle on the SR3. It is not required to be swung out of the way
to remove or replace a 400' magazine. Do you need to swing it away
for an 800' mag?
ADOPT, ADAPT, INVENT, DESTROY !
>It is not required to be swung
out of the way to remove or replace a 400' >magazine. Do you
need to swing it away for an 800' mag?
I am aware that the handle swings out of the way - I was speaking
about the fact that some end up loose.
"Isn't there a "program" button on the 435? You could
"program" this button for a 180 degree shutter at a specific
frame rate. Say 24 FPS? This way if it does get pushed by accident
you'll be at 180 degrees and 24 fps. I believe you need a computer
and a cable to set up this program button. The rental house should
The 435 does have a program button and its one to watch out for.
If the Rental House has not reset it with the Computer you could
find yourself with the odd take shot at something other than what
you had set either in the presets or variable speed settings. (Particularly
if your hand held, the button is easily bumped.) I had one instance
where the operator tapped the button just before we turned over
and the camera instantly set itself to 50fps at 11.2Degree Shutter!
Fortunately I saw the change before it was too late.
The program will only hold for the following take so at worst you
would have only the one take incorrectly set. (Having said that,
you wouldn't want that take to be an unrepeatable stunt or action!)
I have spoken to a couple of the rental houses here in Australia
about this and have asked that the cameras be set to an Industry
STD. i.e. 25fps/180Degrees (in Australia). I'm yet to see that Standard
Keep a watchful eye on that little trick!!!
1st A.C./Focus Puller
"..The RCU is an extremely handy device...
And so you'd think that Arri would have taken that to heart when
they brought out the Arricam. To put a remote on the Arricam seems
to take 4 or 5 steps, an adapter or two and you still end up with
a weird little remote that doesn't have footage or even an on/off!
Are you listening, Munich? Look at how easy, fast, useful and affordable
it is to plug an RCU into a 435 or 535b.â€
**(grumble, grumble, rant, rant!)**
Man-o-man, you said it!
That and how long has Arri had an 11-pin Fischer accessory port
on ALL of their cameras--long enough that it has become a standard.
One more slam on the Arricam, WATCHOUT for the 3-pin "24-volt"
RS ports. They are not regulated below 32-volts, so if you have
a healthy battery (as they recommend) you could be straining or
even frying your Transvideo, Microforce... Other then that, they
are great cameras, light, quiet, and easy to use.